NS1’s DNS, DHCP, and DDI Platform Can Now be Hosted on Cisco Catalyst Switches


NS1’s software-defined, enterprise-grade DNS, DHCP, and IP address management (DDI) platform can now be hosted on Cisco Catalyst 9300 and 9400 Series switches. It would help users deliver faster, more scalable network services with lower cost by leveraging the network hardware already in place.

By hosting NS1 Enterprise DDI on Cisco’s family of switches, organizations can use their existing Cisco Catalyst infrastructure for edge deployments with improved scalability, redundancy, and performance optimization across distributed environments. Together, NS1 and Cisco solutions would empower DevOps, NetOps, and SecOps teams to “more efficiently, securely, and reliably” deliver and scale application and network services

“Edge networking footprints, enabled by NS1’s flexible and lightweight deployments, result in massive optimization of application performance for distributed offices and users, compared to legacy approaches, which typically deliver core network services from a central data center,” said David Coffey, Chief Product Officer at NS1. “For example, NS1’s edge DNS and DHCP services can be deployed atop existing network gear in a regional branch office to eliminate the need to manage additional gear. Leveraging existing equipment reduces costs and potential security risks.”

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“For example, NS1’s edge DNS and DHCP services can be deployed atop existing network gear in a regional branch office to eliminate the need to manage additional gear,” said David Coffey, Chief Product Officer at NS1.

NS1 Enterprise DDI connects applications with users and devices, regardless of where they are situated, to improve application performance and resilience from the cloud to the network edge. Network teams may manage the whole DDI solution across a distributed footprint, including remote access branches and multi- or hybrid clouds, using centralized provisioning through a single console.

The NS1 Enterprise DDI solution can easily expand in or scale out both horizontally and vertically throughout the whole stack as the demands and requirements of the core networks develop, thanks to the flexible deployment options offered for NS1 Enterprise DDI.

“Ensuring application performance has become one of our customers’ top priorities. Making NS1’s DDI platform readily available to our Catalyst 9300 and 9400 series customers offers them a powerful tool that addresses some of their largest, most pressing challenges,” said Himanshu Mehra, senior director, Enterprise Networking and Cloud at Cisco. “NS1’s solution is a great example of applications using Cisco’s infrastructure solutions as a platform. This makes it simple for network teams to automate action to minimize or eliminate the negative impact when application delivery issues threaten to disrupt the end-user experience.”

Teams would benefit from NS1 Filter Chain technology, which allows them to granularly route traffic based on performance and business logic across internationally distributed cloud and on-premise data centers, in addition to enterprise-grade resilience for core network services. Furthermore, NS1’s software-defined architecture would make it simple for teams to create programmable infrastructures using APIs and automation tools.